Norfolk tried to stay out of the fighting between the Federal government, Richmond, and the rest of Virginia. It tried very hard to not get involved. But the Feds and Richmond were having too many problems keeping enough of a fighting force loyal to them to push through to Lexington and remove the former Vice President from their list of problems. So of course they ordered the Navy to go in to kill Freemon and burn the rest of Lexington to the ground. They assumed the Navy fliers would succeed where the Air Force had failed them. They were wrong. Naval Station Norfolk had no intention of sending their helicopters and fighters out with orders to shoot their fellow Americans. The base commander had in fact gone through channels to inform her superiors of that fact. So when the politicians called her bluff, she revealed that she was not bluffing.